They shall prosper that love thee. Psalm 122:6.
If God’s blessing rests upon you because you surrender all to Him, you will prosper. If you turn from God, He will turn from you. His hand can scatter faster than you can gather…. Our Saviour refers us to the fowls of the air, which sow not, neither reap, nor gather into barns, yet their heavenly Father feedeth them…. “And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field….” These lilies, in their simplicity and innocence, meet the mind of God better than Solomon in his costly decorations, yet destitute of the heavenly adorning…. Can you not trust in your heavenly Father? Can you not rest upon His gracious promise? “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Precious promise! Can we not rely upon it?—Testimonies for the Church 2:496.
The length and usefulness of life do not consist in the amount of our earthly possessions. Those who use their wealth in doing good will see no necessity for large accumulations in this world; for the treasure which is used to advance the cause of God, and which is given to the needy in Christ’s name, is given to Christ, and He lays it up for us in the bank of Heaven, in bags which wax not old. He who does this is rich toward God, and his heart will be where his treasures are secured.
He who humbly uses what God has given for the honor of the Giver, freely giving as he has received, may feel the peace and assurance in all his business that God’s hand is over him for good, and he himself will bear the impress of God, having the Father’s smile.—Testimonies for the Church 3:546.
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—-Please pray earnestly for E and her children that God will lead and guide in the very crucial decisions that she must make over the next few weeks. R
—-Larry has fluid in his lungs. The rehab place is sending him home even though he can barely walk and is on oxygen. Eileen is afraid that with her bad back she will not be able to handle him. Please pray that something can be worked out. Rose
—-Please pray that my son can be home for Christmas and there’ll be no lock down for him in and out of Germany. Helen
—-Prayers needed please my son is in severe pain. Starts at the base of his neck down to his tailbone no relief…He had an MRI no results yet. Tammy
—-Plz pray for my daughter and her family. Long story but custody is the issue. Debra
When I was still working at the courthouse, two couples came into our department at the same time. Each had a little boy about three years old. As their fathers were filling out their paperwork, I couldn’t help noticing the difference between the children and the difference in their interactions with their parents.
Boy P was everywhere at once. His favorite pastime was slamming our office door. As soon as he slammed it, he would open it again. Over and over he played his little “game.” His parents ignored him. Was he trying vainly to get some attention from them? After waiting for his parents to make him stop, I finally told them that they needed to keep the boy quiet and make him sit down. That worked for a while but not long enough.
Boy L, on the other hand, sat quietly between his parents. Occasionally, he would ask his mother a question, but that was the only sound from him. His parents were pleasant with him and one could see the bond of love between them.
One can only wonder what those two little boys’ future. Solomon had much to say about how children are raised and their future. “Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right.” “Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.” “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Pr 20:11; 22:15; 22:6
Jesus taught His disciples a lesson by using a little child as an example. “At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” Matt 18:1-4 No doubt, that little child was like Boy L.
May we raise our children “in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” Eph 6:4 May we, ourselves, be loving and obedient children of our Heavenly Father is my prayer.